Examining the candidates for MA Senate 2010: Kennedy vs. Brown vs. Coakley

Posted by Arkady at Right Condition

The race for the MA Senate special election is on and it’s a three-way race between Independent Joe Kennedy, Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley. 

Invariably the old cliche of the independent “stealing” the Republican votes will surface and early discussions are already hinting that animosity towards those supporting the third party is on the rise.  This of course assumes an age old fallacy.

The assumption is that the candidate “stealing” the vote is extremely similar to the candidate whose votes are being “stolen”.  This is a big assumption and varies from race to race. 

I have presented a table below with three candidates and several major positions that affect Massachusetts, federal policies and general attitudes.   I have compiled the information primarily based on the candidate’s websites, public statements and interviews. Examine the table and I will meet you down below.

[P: for the table see the original article]

According to this table it would appear the first two candidates are extremely different, while the last two candidates are extremely similar.  Operating on the assumption of stealing votes due to similarity it becomes rather unclear as to who would be stealing votes from whom.  I would also suggest not to use the term stealing, as stealing implies that some candidate is losing entitled votes.  No votes are entitled and all votes must be earned.

If you believe the candidate in the first column more accurately reflects your position – then you need to vote for Joe Kennedy
If you believe the candidate in the second column more accurately reflections your position – then you need to vote for Scott Brown.
If you believe the candidate in the third column more accurately reflections your position – then you need to vote for Martha Coakley.

You do NOT need to vote for the lesser of two evils, nor do you need to vote based on who you believe will or will not win.  You must cast your precious vote for the person you believe best deserves your support. 


Previously on IPR:

Libertarian Party blog: Libertarian Joe Kennedy appears in televised debate Posted by Paulie 12/30

G. Edward Griffin endorses independent libertarian Joe Kennedy in Massachusetts US Senate special election Posted by Paulie 12/30

Joe Kennedy update: endorsed by RightMarch PAC; first TV debate now online Posted by Paulie 12/28

Boston Tea Party endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate Posted by Paulie 12/25

Libertarian independent candidate Joe Kennedy will be in at least three more debates in Massachusetts US Senate special election Posted by Paulie 12/24

Hopefuls jab on war, taxes in bid for Kennedy seat Posted by Paulie 12/23

Massachusetts: Health Care, Afghanistan Top First Senate Debate Posted by Paulie, 12/22

Joe Kennedy Picks Up Endorsements and Momentum Posted 12/22 by d.eris

Scenes from first Massachusetts US Senate special election debate Posted 12/21 by Paulie

Darryl Perry: ‘A Kennedy Even Libertarians can Support: Joe Kennedy for US Senate’ Posted by Paulie 12/21

First two debates set in Kennedy successor race Posted by Paulie 12/21

Why challenge the two-party system? Somebody has to do it Posted by d.eris, 12/20

Green Party issues press release to support Libertarian Joe Kennedy’s right to debate Posted by Kimberly Wilder 12/19

More Joe Kennedy news coverage: Needham Times, Sun Chronicle Posted by Paulie 12/18

Martha Coakley, Scott Brown, Joseph Kennedy agree to series of debates in race for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat Posted by Paulie 12/18

Rich Rubino at Politics DMZ: ‘Yes, Joe Kennedy can win the Massachusetts U.S. Senate Race’
Posted by Paulie 12/18

Boston Globe: ‘This Kennedy wants to cut government’
Posted by Paulie 12/18

Earlier Coverage

10 thoughts on “Examining the candidates for MA Senate 2010: Kennedy vs. Brown vs. Coakley

  1. Robert Milnes

    The same old dynamics are in place. The libertarian Independent will lose BIG. Despite publicity and wishful thinking. UNLESS…the progressives can be pursuaded to vote for the libertarian Independent AND there is a large turnout of progresive and libertarian vote. PLAS.

  2. Mik Robertson

    That is a really nice way to present the candidates. I hope everyone in Massachusetts will look at it.

  3. bubba gump

    I understand how the whole gas thing with the baked beans can be embarrassing to talk about. But seriously, what’s the deal with that?

  4. Melty

    Lovely article. Nice issues table. Fab that it spotlights the loaded “stealing votes” phrase for the mistake in thinking that it is.

  5. paulie Post author

    That is a really nice way to present the candidates. I hope everyone in Massachusetts will look at it.

    Also a good template for other campaigns to use.

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